Poetry

Reading Poetry: Instagram Poetry

Happy New Year! I’m back to share more poetry musings with you.  The poetry world looks a lot different today than it did even 5 years ago. Not that long ago, sales of poetry books were falling fast and interest in the genre wasn’t what it had been in the past. Then came Instagram and …

Poetry

Reading Poetry: Titles

Today I want to talk about titles and if they actually matter. I would argue that titles do matter and are an important part of any poem. The title is the first thing we read when we read poetry or it should be. If we are more familiar with reading prose, we might just skip …

Poetry

Reading Poetry: Rhyme

I don’t like poetry that rhymes. Maybe that is a little too general. I don’t like most poetry that rhymes. I’m not sure why. Probably because all the boring poetry I was exposed to in high school was a snooze and most of it rhymed. Despite my aversion to rhyme, it is an important concept …

Poetry

Reading Poetry: Alliteration

Hey! The text below is the transcript from a new video project. My goal is to share a little about poetry terms and techniques each week(ish). Poetry can be hard to get into, and I hope that sharing a little bit about what I’ve learned might make reading poetry more enjoyable. I am by no …

#thesealeychallenge, Poetry

To All the Books I Read Last Month

Yesterday marked the end of #thesealeychallenge for 2020. It was a great experience and challenge that helped me reconnect to poetry. I read one poetry book per day from Monday to Friday for the month of August. It wasn’t always easy. I tend to get bogged down with basic life admin stuff and it can …

Thoughts

I Was the Jukebox #thesealeychallenge

My day 14 read for #thesealeychallenge was I Was the Jukebox by Sandra Beasley. This book was a gift from my partner Casey. I had never heard of this author or read anything from her, which was nice because most of the books of poetry that I own are ones that I bought myself because …

#thesealeychallenge, Poetry

Loose Woman #thesealeychallenge

My Day 13 read for #thesealeychallenge was Loose Women by Sandra Cisneros. There are not even words to describe how important this book, and everything written by Sandra Cisneros really, is to me. Her writing came into my life when I was a young, single mother working full-time and going to school full-time, struggling to …

#thesealeychallenge, Poetry

My Darling from the Lions #thesealeychallenge

My Darling from the Lions by Rachel Long was my Day 9 #thesealeychallenge collection. What a week of poetry it has been, but I think reading this collection at the end of a week that began with Citizen by Claudia Rankine (which I didn’t write about because I think I would need to re-read it …

#thesealeychallenge, Poetry

Kingdomland #thesealeychallenge

For Day 8 of #thesealeychallenge I read Kingdomland by Rachel Allen. For fear of sounding like the type of person who loves everything she reads, I loved this collection. I guess that is a symptom of only buying books that I think I will like. But still, I really loved this collection. I love when …

#thesealeychallenge, Poetry

Shine, Darling #thesealeychallenge

My Day 7 read for #thesealeychallenge is Shine, Darling by Ella Frears. The reason I read and write poetry is because of the way it takes small moments or memories and expands them outward to add layers of meaning. This collection does this perfectly. It feels like being in conversation with a friend who is …